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World’s most expensive book fetches £7.3 million

Andrea Divirgilio / December 8, 2010

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An edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, which fetched a whopping $8.8 million (£5.7 million) a decade ago, has now fetched £7.3 million (about $11.5 million) at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday, making it the world’s most expensive book. An anonymous collector bidding by telephone bought the rare book. Measuring more than 3 ft by 2 ft, the rare early 19th-century book highlights 1,000 life-sized illustrations of nearly 500 breeds.

The famous wildlife artist spent 12 years to complete his study and during the time, he traveled across America to shoot the birds. After that, he hung the birds on wire to paint the illustrations of them. The John James Audubon’s Birds of America was previously estimated to sell for between £4 million and £6 million.

Via: Guardian

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